Comings and goings of our priests….

Comings and goings of our priests….

This summer we will transition from Fr. Paul Cochran, SJ as our pastor to Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ as our pastor.

Fr. Peter Byrne, SJ will also be leaving us and Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ will come to be our Assistant Pastor.

The installation of Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ will be at the 8:30 Mass on August 26th. Bishop Daly will preside.


The farewell reception for Fr. Paul and Fr. Peter will be at noon, after the 11:00 Mass on July 29th.

They will both be present at all four Masses that weekend, July 28/29 to visit and celebrate with our community.

Coffee and cookies/doughnuts will be available after each Mass.


Paul Cochran, SJ and Peter Byrne, SJ wanted to share more about their respective new assignment(s) and the sabbatical time before assuming their new work.

Paul will celebrate the weekend Masses (Aug. 4/5) at St. Aloysius and then begin a year-long sabbatical that will focus on some of the parishes in the southern part  of the Jesuits West Province. Plenty of rest and exercise is anticipated along with a possibility of auditing some academic or special interest courses. During the sabbatical he will discern with the Jesuit  Provincial a new assignment that would begin in the summer of 2019.

Peter celebrates a wedding on August 4 and then will attend Novice Vows at Santa Clara on August 11. He will be in    Ireland for a sabbatical break—living with Jesuits in Dublin and Galway. He returns home in time for Christmas in Seattle with his family and begins his new assignment in January. The  Provincial is missioning Peter to work in Native Ministry with the Coeur d’Alene People, living at DeSmet, ID. Peter’s Jesuit Uncle, Cornelius Byrne, lived with the Coeur d’ Alene People for many years and is buried in the tribal cemetery at DeSmet.




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